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Monday, February 02, 2015

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

La Rochelle upset Clermont 16-12 in the Top 14 on Saturday thanks to a late try by Mali Hingano. Earlier in the game there was a bit of an ugly incident however, with Kiwi Jason Eaton unleashing on French international Julien Bonnaire. MORE »

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jarrad Hoeata banned for 6 weeks after red card high shot on Rob Kearney

Cardiff Blues lock Jarrad Hoeata was red carded for a dangerous high tackle on Leinster's Rob Kearney last weekend in the Guinness Pro 12. New Zealander Hoeata has since been suspended for 6 weeks, meaning he'll miss a few European rugby clashes. MORE »

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

Sam Burgess had a solid run out against Wasps this past weekend, scoring his first ever league try as well as making these two big tackles. He's fast becoming a fan favourite and with play like this, you can understand why. Bath won the game 39-26. MORE »

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Aviva Premiership Biggest Hits of 2014

As we head into the highly anticipated Rugby World Cup year, here is a quick recap of some of the biggest and baddest tackles made in the Aviva Premiership in England in 2014. If you're a regular visitor you will have seen some of these before, but here they are as the best of the season. MORE »

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Samu Manoa's huge blindside shot on Leicester's Julian Salvi

Northampton lock Samu Manoa made another bone crunching hit in the Aviva Premiership this past weekend, this time on Julian Salvi. The blindside shot took the flanker by surprise, but anyone who has watched the USA Eagles star over the years will have seen it coming. MORE »

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Romulo Acosta banned following Edinburgh vs Treviso brawl at Murrayfield

Treviso prop Romulo Acosta faced a disciplinary hearing today after he was red carded for his part in an ugly brawl during Edinburgh's 48-0 bonus point win over Treviso at Murrayfield. Two other players were also cited following the weekend's action. MORE »

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dylan Hartley facing hefty ban after red card for elbowing Matt Smith

Dylan Hartley will find out on Tuesday if his England career is in doubt following a straight red card he received in Northampton Saints' 23-19 win over Leicester Tigers this past weekend. Hartley struck Matt Smith with his elbow for his second red card in 18 months. MORE »

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Sam Burgess throws his body around in the Montpellier mud

Sam Burgess played just 28 minutes in his second outing for Bath, a 30-5 Champions Cup pool stage win over Montpellier. He came off the bench and got stuck in as only he can, throwing his considerable weight around, but almost landing in hot water. MORE »

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Donncha O'Callaghan banned for two weeks for kick to head

Poor Stuart Olding. His head must look similar to a rugby ball, because for the second time this season his attractive cranium has been roughed up by a boot. This time it was Munster lock Donncha O'Callaghan who did it, and has been suspended. MORE »

Monday, December 01, 2014

Bloodied Brad Barritt happy to put body on the line in win over Wallabies

Brad Barritt left the field in a awful state as England ended their Autumn Internationals on a high with a 26-17 victory over the Wallabies. The centre took a number of knocks, but said post match that he is fine and it was all part of playing for his adopted country. MORE »

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alesana Tuilagi makes trademark crunching tackle against Bath

Powerhouse winger Alesana Tuilagi has made another crunching hit, this time against Bath and poor Ollie Devoto. The Samoan powerhouse has been playing his rugby in Japan but recently returned to the Aviva Premiership, keen to make his mark. MORE »

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Scrumhalf Augustine Pulu's thumping tackle on USA hooker in Chicago

The USA's 74-6 defeat to New Zealand was emphatic to say the least, and while early on in the match they appeared to match them physically, it was men against boys by the end. Never was it more apparent than when Augustine Pulu smashed the USA hooker. MORE »

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Romain Taofifenua banned for three weeks for kicking Stuart Olding in the head

Toulon second rower Romain Taofifenua has been suspended for three weeks following an Independant Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin today. He was cited for making contact with the head of Ulster centre Stuart Olding in the Round 2 Champions Cup match. MORE »

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Canadian lock Aaron Flagg nails two Argentines in the same passage of play

Canada A's Aaron Flagg made not one but two bone crunching hits in the same passage of play against Argentina Jaguars in the Americas Rugby Championship in Langford, BC recently. The big lock first hit number eight Facundo Isa, then got back up to smash centre Juan Ignacio Brez. MORE »

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hard hitting Chris Hala'ufia crunches but then slaps Scott Wilson

Hard hitting number eight Chris Hala'ufia made this bone-jarring hit in the Aviva Premiership as he lined up and crunched Newcastle prop Scott Wilson. Unfortunately he then casually slapped him in the face, as if to further assert his dominance. MORE »

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Richard Hibbard and Sione Kalamafoni double hit on Brad Barritt

Richard Hibbard was throwing his weight around on the weekend against Saracens, as seen here when he and Sione Kalamafoni combined to knock back England centre Brad Barritt. Saracens won the match 28-21 but this was one of the bigger collisions of the contest. MORE »

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jordan Jackson-Hope red carded for dangerous tackle vs New Zealand Barbarians

A quick look at an awful tackle from the Australian Schools flyhalf Jordan Jackson-Hope against the New Zealand Barbarians two weeks ago. Jackson-Hope was shown a straight red card after he left the referee little choice but to send him from the field for this spear or tip-tackle. MORE »

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ben Flower red carded for vicious punching at start of Super League Grand Final

Wigan Warriors prop Ben Flower was shown a straight red card for punching in the opening minutes of the Super League Grand Final. The Welshman hit Lance Hohaia on the floor despite the first punch appearing to have knocked the 31-year-old Kiwi out. MORE »

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ben Tameifuna massive fend on huge prop Solomona Sakalia

Ben Tameifuna made his return to ITM Cup rugby after serving the suspension for pushing referee Glen Jackson last month. The massive tighthead showed what Waikato had been missing with a strong performance, including this huge fend and a big tackle. MORE »

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Declan Fitzpatrick suspended after being Red carded for punch

Ulster prop Declan Fitzpatrick appeared before an independent PRO12 Rugby Disciplinary Committee today, following his sending off for striking Zebre hooker Andrea Manici in the Guinness PRO12 match between Zebre and Ulster on Saturday. MORE »